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"Armando Contreras is another baritone with gravitas and he is quickly making his mark in the opera world. " Schmopera

 

ABOUT ARMANDO

 Mexican American baritone Armando Contreras is an Encouragement Award District Winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a recent graduate of the Young Artist program with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City (LOKC) and Apprentice Artist Program with Des Moines Metro Opera.

 
 
 

CALENDAR

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THE DENVER PHILHARMONIC: L'ELISIR D'AMORE

November 4, 6, 2021

Armando makes his debut with The Denver Philharmonic singing the role of Belcore in their concert version of L'elisir d'amore. Adina and Nemorino will be sung by Met stars, Anna Christy and Matthew Plenk. 

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA: FRIDA AND THE BRAVEST GIRL IN THE WORLD

November 13, 2021

Armando sings the roles of Diego Rivera/ Eduardo/ Bonito in Joe Illick's Frida and the Bravest Girl in the World. This production is directed by Iliana Lucero Baron. 

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SALT MARSH OPERA: CARMEN

October 1, 3, 8, 10, 2021

Armando makes his role debut as Morales in Bizet's Carmen. Directed by Joshua Shaw and conducted by Ed Benyas.

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THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: THE KNOCK (WORLD PREMIERE)

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Armando makes his Glimmerglass debut singing the leading male role of Lt. Roberto Gonzales in the world premiere of The Knock. The opera, composed by Aleksandra Vrebalov and libretto by Deborah Brevoort, features a libretto based on years of interviews with military spouses that Brevoort conducted. This opera is conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya and directed by Alison Mortiz. Ryan McKinny and Tonya McKinny of Helios filmed this production. 

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THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: TO THE WORLD

July 16, 17, 31, August 8, 2021

Armando sings selections from musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady and On the Town. This program features Isabel Leonard and William Burden. Directed by Francesca Zambello and Eric Sean Fogel. Conducted by James Lowe. 

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THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: THE MAGIC FLUTE

July 15, 17, 29, August 2, 7, 12, 15, 17, 2021

Armando will be covering the role of Papageno in Kelley Rourke's adaption of Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Glimmerglass Festival. This production with feature Met star, Eric Owens. Directed NJ Agwuna and conducted by Joseph Colaneri. 

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PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT: DON PROCOPIO

June 4, 5, 6, 2021

Armando returns to Pacific Opera Project to sing in the US Premiere of Bizet's Italian comedy, Don Procopio. He will sing the role of Ernesto. This production is directed by Joshua Shaw and conducted by Charles Kim. 

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BOULDER OPERA: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

March 7, 13, 14, 2021

Armando makes his role debut as Il Conte in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Boulder Opera. Conducted by Steven Aguilo-Arbues and directed by Travis Risner. 

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OPERA STEAMBOAT: FRIDA AND THE BRAVEST GIRL IN THE WORLD

February 13th, 2021

Armando makes his debut with Opera Steamboat in their children's opera: Frida and the Bravest Girl in the World composed by Joe Illick and libretto by Mark Campbell. Directed and conducted by Andres Cladera. Video production by Ben Gulley. Armando will sing the roles of Diego Rivera/Eduardo/Bonito. 

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BOULDER OPERA: LA BOHÈME

November 13, 14, 19, 22, 2020

Armando makes his role debut as Marcello in La bohème with Boulder Opera. This production was conducted by Steven Aguilo-Arbues and directed by Travis Risner. 

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THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: COSI?

August 4, 10, 16, 22, 2020* COVID cancellation

Armando makes is debut with the Glimmerglass Festival singing the role of Guglielmo in the English Adaptation of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. 

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THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: RINALDO* COVID CANCELLATION

July 12, 18, 31, August 8, 10, 13, 18, 2020

Armando covers the leading baritone role of Argante in Handel's Rinaldo. Directed by Louisa Proske and conducted by Erina Yashima. 

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LOVELAND OPERA THEATRE: SOLO RECITAL

April 4th, 2020

The recital is the inaugural virtual recital for Loveland Opera Theatre. His recital features arias from: Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, and Carmen. It also features art songs from composers such as: Vaughan Williams, Fauré, Schumann, Schubert and Tosti.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA: EN MIS PALABRAS

November 13, 2019

Armando returns to Central City Opera to sings the role of Esteban in En Mis Palabras. En Mis Palabras was commissioned by Central City Opera in 2004.

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OPERA FORT COLLINS: THE TELEPHONE

November 10th, 2019

Armando makes his Opera Fort Collins debut in Menotti's comedy, The Telephone. He will be singing the role of Ben. 

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KANSAS CITY BALLET: CARMINA BURANA

October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2019

Armando joins the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus in Adam Hougland's new production of Carmina Burana. Armando will make his debut as the baritone soloist.

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DES MOINES METRO OPERA: APPRENTICE ARTIST PROGRAM

June 22, July 3, 20, 2019

Armando performs in scenes from L'elisir d'amore, Robert Ward's The Crucible,  Madama butterfly. Scenes directed by Frances Rabalais and Octavio Cardenas. 

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: COSÌ FAN TUTTE

March 16, 20, 22, 24, 2019

Armando covers the role of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte conducted by Jane Glover and directed by James Alexander.

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: MACK THE KNIFE THE MAN I LOVE. 

February 9th, 2019

Armando joins the Resident Artists of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City to sing the songs of George Gershwin and Kurt Weill accompanied by Mark Markham and directed by Fenlon Lamb.

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

November 3, 7, 9, 11, 2018

Armando sings the role of The Imperial Commissioner in Puccini's Madama butterfly conducted by Ryan McAdams and directed by Ron Daniels. 

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PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT: LA GAZZETTA

June 28, 29, 30 and July 6, 7, 2018

Armando portrays the role of Filippo in the US premiere of Rossini's La gazzetta conducted by Brooke deRosa and directed by Josh Shaw. 

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA 

April 28, May 2, 4, 6, 2018

Armando sings the role of Fiorello in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Leonardo Vordoni and directed by Michael Shell. 

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: RIGOLETTO

March 3, 7, 9, 11, 2018

Armando sings the role of Il Usciere and covers the role of Marullo in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of Verdi's Rigoletto conducted by David Charles Abell and directed by David Gatley. 

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: EVEREST

November 11, 15, 17, 19, 2017

Armando covers the role of Doug Hansen in Joby Talbot's Everest conducted by Nicole Paiement and directed by Leonard Foglia. 

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA: CARMEN

July 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30
August 1, 3, 6, 2017

Armando portrays the role of El Dancaïro in Central City Opera's production of Bizet's Carmen conducted by Adam Turner and directed by Jose Maria Condemi.

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: DEAD MAN WALKING

March 4, 8, 10, 12, 2017

Armando sings the role of the 2nd Prison Guard in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking conducted by Steven Osgood and directed by Kristine McIntyre